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  1. traditional added a post in a topic Larry's '51 Jaguar XK120 coupe....In his own words   

    A few construction pics

    The storage and battery compartment (scratchbuilt in styrene)

    Doors and gas filler door fabricated in brass

    Brass vent in open position

    Tight-swing door hinges

    Hand-made interior parts finished and painted
    Battery and storage bin in closed position

    Battery and storage hinged open

  2. traditional added a post in a topic Larry's '51 Jaguar XK120 coupe....In his own words   

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  3. traditional added a topic in Under Glass   

    Larry's '51 Jaguar XK120 coupe....In his own words
    1/24 1951 Jaguar XK120 FHC (Fixed Head Coupe) in factory Suede Green

    Since no model manufacturer makes a high detail COUPE version of a Jaguar XK120, this kind of project was 'right down my alley'. The starting material for this model was a damaged Franklin Mint roadster...broken windshield and missing its fabric top, thus a perfect candidate for my coupe conversion. I used the roof from a too tall and narrow Burago coupe toy. After cutting out the roadster passenger opening somewhat, the severed roof was carefully bent into a wider configuration and, with judicious rotary tool grinding, was installed from the underneath until the appropriate height was achieved. It is attached with both epoxy and tiny sheet metal screws at the rear deck and 'A' pillar positions. The side vents, fuel lid, doors, hinges, and window frame details are formed in soldered brass while all the interior panels, dash, batteries, etc. are fabricated in styrene. The windshield frame, door cranks, and handles are done in plated brass wire. The coupe-unique air filter intake system is done in both styrene and brass. The exhaust pipe is done in aluminum tubing. The model also required some modifications to the chassis, floor, trunk, etc. to appear factory accurate.  Paint is automotive base coat/clear coat depicting correct factory Suede Green exterior and interior while smaller details are done in Testors, Tamiya, and Dupli-Color.


      Besides the obvious addition of a permanent roof and headliner, the FHC (coupe) differs from the roadster in the following ways:

     -different door edge shapes

     -a different shaped dash board in wood

     -different interior door panels

     -an interior rear package tray that folds open exposing a storage bin...which itself folds forward     to expose two 6 volt batteries

     -a different air intake filter arrangement with a large diameter inner fender-well duct carrying air from a 'front of radiator' mounted round filter assembly to two separate smaller flexible ducts passing through the inner fender-well to the twin SU carburetors


    Interestingly, sun visors were NOT present on any production XK120 Jaguars.

    It is estimated that 90% of XK120s left the Coventry factory with steel wheels.

    ALL steel wheeled XK120s had rear wheel 'spats' (skirts).

    Factory production colors, surprisingly, did NOT include Red or British Racing Green...but did include Black, Gunmetal (metallic silver), four different greys, Ivory, Pale Green Metallic, Bronze, and Suede Green.

    It is believed that NO XK120s left Coventry with white wall tires though perhaps some were retrofitted by US authorized dealers.

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  4. traditional added a topic in Under Glass: Big Rigs   

    KrAZ 256B 12 Ton Dump Truck

    I've just finished this 1/35 model of a 12 ton Russian (Ukrainian) dump truck using a Roden military KrAZ model for the correct cab, rear axles, basic engine, etc., as well as a dump truck trans-kit from Custom Factory in Russia. Although the military model is very well detailed, the CF trans-kit is a bit simplified and somewhat rough by today's standards.....lots of air gaps and 'short-shot' parts, the most serious being the wheel centers incomplete. I suspect that the relatively rough trans-kit is generally used to model rusted and well deteriorated diorama style trucks.. I wanted my model to depict an 'as delivered' look, so there was plenty of work required to finish and detail the resin trans-kit parts. Although the military model's cab doors and hood are separate parts, they're unhinged and expected to be glued in one position, so I've added tiny hinges to make the doors and engine-hood openable/closeable. The fuel tank was fabricated from brass tubing, the mirror brackets and grab handles were made from fine wire, and the hydraulic rams were drilled and made operable using polished aluminum tubing and tiny pivot pins for the articulated parts. I fabricated pose-able steering for the front axle and I've also added lines to the air tanks and hydraulic hoses to the dump-rams. Paint is Krylon 'Dual for the cab, satin black for the frame, and primer for the dump body. All the firewall detail is fabricated using styrene, fine wire, and aluminum tubing. The tail lights are made from aluminum sheet and tubing.
    I've always thought the Kraz 256 trucks were really attractive and proportionate and I actually saw them in action during a Cuban vacation over 20 years ago (Cuba has been a popular winter vacation spot for Canadians and Europeans for decades).



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  5. traditional added a topic in Under Glass   

    Larry's '62 Renault 1093 (a factory hot rod) in his words

    In the summer of 1962, as a bicycle riding 15 year old car-crazy kid living close to Montreal, I witnessed 2 very rare Renault Dauphine 1093s within the span of one week. I’ve always liked small cars but, until that week, a typical 30 HP Dauphine was perceived as somewhat anemic. That changed abruptly as this throaty, peppy 1093 zipped aggressively through town. Late that week I bicycled to the local ‘Montreal dragstrip’ where a 1093 proceeded to outperform every Mini,  MGA, Triumph, Volvo, and even a few small block automatic Chev and Ford sedans. It was loud and it was quick! Much later I learned that 3 1093s had been delivered to Montreal for preparation to compete in the 1962 Shell 4000 Rally (staged across much of Canada) where they ultimately won the Manufacturers Cup.
     The very limited production race-built 1093 featured high performance suspension, an all-syncro  4 speed trans, finned drum brakes, 12 volt electrics, tuned exhaust headers, hot cam, stronger bearings, high performance cylinder head, sophisticated 2 bbl. carburetor with a dry, mesh covered air filter, virtually doubling the output of its tiny 850 cc motor. Outwardly, they were all recognizable with their off-white body and two blue racing stripes,  slightly larger diameter headlights,  modified dash panel with additional and different gauges, slightly different seat trim, Gordini-style perforated wheels, larger exhaust tailpipe, etc.  They were NOT equipped with exterior mirrors but all had chrome side trim and windshield/back light surrounds. In addition to the usual Renault name on the left front fender and the front badge, the exterior chrome graphics consisted only of 1093 symbols on the rear engine deck lid and the right front fender .
    My model started as a 1/24 Fabbri 1958 Dauphine. Once stripped of paint, I carefully cut open all inoperable panels and fabricated brass hinges for all doors, rear deck, lower front spare tire access panel, etc.  All interior metal ‘attachment’ bosses were ground away and  an uninterrupted headliner was substituted.  Front / rear suspension, all lower plumbing, brake backing plates, rack and pinion steering, etc.  were fabricated in soldered brass.  A detailed, aluminum-cased transmission was made in styrene. An exhaust tailpipe was made in aluminum tubing.  A front -mounted  spare wheel was cold cast in polyester resin using a plasticene mould.  Larger front inner fenderwells were fabricated in styrene to accommodate the added steering. Tire valve stems were added to the adapted ‘Welly’ Gordini wheels which now feature inner rim detail and brake drums (front drums turned to describe  appropriate concentric cooling fins/ribs).  The miniscule motor features exhaust headers (brass), plug and coil wires, appropriate 2 bbl. carburetor with mesh screened filter (styrene and brass) and now mates to a fabricated radiator (also styrene and brass).  Front and rear wiring harnesses including voltage regulator are added (brass). The fabricated styrene  inner door panels (Including brass handles and cranks) along with the seats portray an appropriate 1093 pattern.  All exterior chrome trim is applied using various gauges of stainless steel wire.
      Though this model is done in a typical 1/24 scale, it is probably the smallest, fairly detailed model I’ve built and modified. Though time consuming (2 months of reasonably steady time) the build never became tiresome and, much to my personal enjoyment, is not  ‘middle of the road’ typical. It fulfills a passion and fondness I’ve felt since that week in 1962.

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  6. traditional added a topic in Under Glass   

    Olds powered traditional '29 Ford model A Coupe
    I've just completed this 1/25 scale model using a coarse $10 toy as the starting material.  The Deuce frame  is handmade in styrene,  the basic Olds block and the 'quick-change' center section is from Revell's Orange Crate, the front and rear suspension is all fabricated in aluminum and brass, the door and trunk hinges are handmade, the traditional 'roll-n-pleat' upholstery is made using model railroad scored building siding, the door handles are made from plated jewelry wire, and the Deuce grille shell is from Revell with a PE insert from Model Car Garage with the addition of a wire outer frame. The headlight/front shock absorber bar is handformed in aluminum, and the paint basecoat is nail-polish with automotive clearcoat. I also made an engine hood in brass sheet but when all was said and done, I found that i preferred the look with the open engine. The model has taken a month or so of quite steady time, ensuring that I can avoid winter to a great extent.


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  7. traditional added a post in a topic Peugeot 203 pickup: interesting ugly duckling   

    Hi Peter,  Happy New Year to you and yours.
    In keeping with the commercial theme, I decided to add a simulated canvas cover to the Peugeot (many of the pics in a google search show the trucks with a canvas tilt).  I only used pics from the '50s for my reference since the recent restorations were all over the map in structure.  Mine is totally removable and  constructed from styrene and Bondo, with pin-heads for the roof area fasteners. The project took a day and a half.

  8. traditional added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    Peugeot 203 pickup: interesting ugly duckling
    I just received this 1/18 resin Peugeot from Otto Mobile in France, and I really like the fact that they didn't try to 'fancy up' the model with flashy paint, accessories or white walls. It's just a commercial vehicle as it should be from the '50s in France.  The Peugeot 203s were sold from '49 until 1960, but I believe that this exact style of pickup (with the high roof and tall double back windows) was from the early '50s because the rear of the cab became a little smoother and more integrated in the later years. it's quite obvious that Peugeot produced this style of pickup by simply modifying the sheetmetal on their panel truck version, and adding the box.  I love getting odd-ball vehicles from the resin manufacturers......vehicles that are unlikely to ever be available any other way.

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  9. traditional added a post in a topic 4 Completions during 2016   

    Yes,Steve,  it was at HeritageCon, but they tend to ignore my models there since they're not all plastic. I like using other materials, so I have to allow them to disqualify my stuff if I want to display them in the appropriate classes,  I just treat the show like an NNL (display only).
  10. traditional added a post in a topic Early '60s, NHRA Legal C/Gas Supercharged Gasser   

    Yes,Bill, I used 'Renshape' foam resin...I have lots of chunks of it left over from my Industrial design days. It's relatively easily formed (filed and sanded) and very durable. The grade that I use is very dense and can easily be painted without bubbles or gaps.

  11. traditional added a topic in Under Glass   

    4 Completions during 2016
    Four seems to be my standard number of models done in each year.....most are done in the spring, fall, and winter since life usually gets in the way during summer. I've grown to really enjoy winter because of the modeling time.
    I wish all of you a great Xmas and a happy/healthy 2017
    Cliff Read

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  12. traditional added a post in a topic Early '60s, NHRA legal Chevy C/Gas Supercharged 'gasser'   

    Yes, Richard, you're absolutely correct.
    I tracked down the box and it says Revell.  I must have been confusing it with the 1/18 version.   I apologize for the mix-up, and I'll edit the post
  13. traditional added a post in a topic Early '60s, NHRA legal Chevy C/Gas Supercharged 'gasser'   

    Yes, the basic Chevy 150 sedan body was the only diecast part in the original snap-kit....I don't have any particular allegiance to 'plastic only' and I do really like working with diecast bodies because, although modifications like cutting open doors and trunk-lids are much more time consuming and difficult, the resulting finished product usually retains considerably more structural integrity.  Also, my hobby background is in 1/1 restoration, so I also like being able to use real automotive products in the body-work such as Bondo and automotive paints, primers, etc.